Red Bull Cold Rush Canceled

Lack of snow dooms freeski competition

Mar 19, 2015
Outside Magazine

Looking over the build progress for Red Bull Cold Rush in January 2015. Revelstoke does not have enough deep powder to hold the event.    Bryan Ralph/Red Bull Content Poo

Event organizers canceled the 2015 Red Bull Cold Rush freeskiing competition, which requires deep powder, due to lack of snow.

The contest is held at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia and snow conditions could not support the event. It had been held in Silverton, Colorado, but moved in 2012.

“This event requires deep powder snow to be a success,” said Scott Jewett, Red Bull’s national event manager. “Safety for athletes and delivering a premium, progressive ski contest are our ultimate goals for Red Bull Cold Rush. Unfortunately, conditions will not allow for either.”

The peer-judged competition, known for its big-mountain, slopestyle, and touring format, seeks to find the most well-rounded skier in the world. Fifteen men and five women were slated to compete for a $36,000 purse. The roster included Sammy Carlson, Chris Rubens, Michelle Parker, and Suz Graham. The contest was to resume this year after a two-year hiatus.

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